Tag Archives: upcycle

Tennis balls

1 Mar

For some time I have been thinking what to do with some old tennis balls that aren’t performing any more….. in the end I decided to make a couple of cordwrap. The most difficult part was to skin the ball, then I added a snap button and it was done.

I really like my new cordwraps and now I’m studying some other uses for recycled tennis balls….

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Minor adjustments

22 Jul

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This top was originally a dress. People who know me are well aware of the fact that I don’t wear dresses that often, so to speak. 🙄 Anyway, I bought this one because I liked the print and it was very cheap and, as predictable as it was, the dress was left unused in the closet for 5 or more years. Then, few weeks ago it suddenly resurfaced from the closet during a late spring-clean… In the spur of the moment I decided that if I wanted to use this garment it had to change. So, I cut the bottom at hips level and turned it into a top. Then I added some broderie anglaise to the sleeves and to the neckline and my brand new wearable top was ready!
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Crochet market bag

19 Jul

Crochet market bags have become quite popular recently due to the growing environmental awareness and I have been thinking for a long time to make one myself. I’ve been looking for tutorials and patterns on the web but in the end I decided to go with the flow and let my creativity free. 😀

The result is this red white and blue market bag that my roommate Nemo decided to test straight away. I used scraps of cotton threads so it’s a win-win situation.

Nemo says, recycle. Upcycle. Be kind to the world and stop using plastic bags!

crochet market bag

Welcome to my place

6 Jun

I’ve been thinking to re-organize the entrance hall of my flat for a while, and finally I came up with what I think is the most unexpensive solution: I wanted to add a little bench at the entrance but I couldn’t find a suitable one. They all were too big, then my father gave me this old tea-table solid enough to be upcycled to a bench. As it was dark brown and a bit run-down I decided to paint it “ivory” white, and then to make a cushion to match with it.

First I made a squared cover for the pillow stuffing, then I sewed a zippered pillow cover with some lovely Ikea fabric. I also managed to sew an invisible zipper…. which was a first time for me! And guess what? It was easier than I thought!

The final touch is the hanger coat rack that I bought from Ikea too almost a year ago and that finally my brother had the time to come and secure to the wall. …. drilling is definitely not my piece of cake!

My upcycled bench and a brand new pillow

My upcycled bench and a brand new pillow

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The pillow perfectly fits the bench! incredible, uh?

The pillow perfectly fits the bench! incredible, uh?

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It looks nice.

It looks nice.

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The invisible zipper!

The invisible zipper!

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An organized entrance hall.

An organized entrance hall.

The fixed thought diversion

14 Feb

What do you do when you have to distract your mind from a fixed thought? Easy answer: you keep yourself busy. So, here is how I kept myself busy yesterday evening… upcycling another jar, adding some crocheted blue cotton border and a white ribbon…

Upcicled jar with crocheted border

Another upcycled jar with crocheted border

Candlelight

31 Jan

As I was practising with my crochet I hit on a shell edging tutorial and  decided to give it a try.

I also had a couple of glass jam jars that I was reluctant to throw away (read “recycle”), so it came to my mind that I could upcycle them adding a nice edging and transforming them into candle-holders.

Using some cotton yarn that I already had I first made the red edging and then, when I felt more confident and adventurous, I crocheted the white/red one. 🙂

Shell edgings for the jars

Shell edgings for the jars

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